Open Post – Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Birthday Gala!

Note: While we are impatiently cooling our heels this morning waiting for this historic event to start, don’t forget the Open Post is available for your Ascot Day Four comments. The Cambridges are there today which always ups the excitement level.

Tonight their Majesties The King and Queen of Norway will host a gala dinner at the Royal Palace to celebrate the 18th birthday of their granddaughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Do you have your tiara predictions in? If not, head back to yesterday’s post before the polls close down today at 10:00 a.m. ET!

OK deep breath! We are headed into one of the most exciting royal events we’ve had since the Japanese enthronement.

Coverage on NRK in Norway starts at 7:40 p.m. local time and the gala begins at 8:00 p.m. Royal guests will arrive tomorrow afternoon and official guests (members of organizations, ambassadors, government officials, other family and friends, etc,) will arrive between 7:10-7:40 local time/1:10-1:40 PM Eastern US. Things will officially kick off at 8 PM local/2 PM Eastern US. (H/T to Baguette Ween).

The Guest of Honor

Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra

The Royal Court has released official portraits for the occasion – our tiara speculation is over! She is wearing (and will wear tonight) the Boucheron Circlet Pearl Tiara. The always comprehensive Royal Watcher blog has many, many photos of this tiara’s travels from Ingrid Alexandra’s great-great-grandmother Princess Ingeborg to the present day.

(H/T to ALL our European Baguettes who sent us these photos while we slept ; ), Triple A, Triple Duchess included!) The Norwegian Court has said that Princess Ingrid Alexandra will wear the Boucheron Circlet Pearl tiara for tonight’s gala dinner. Princess Astrid – her great aunt – said “It means a great deal to me that the tiara has now been given to Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Princess Ragnhild wanted her to have Grandmother’s tiara”.

Princess Ingrid Alexandra. Photo: Ida Bjørvik, The Royal Court

The Norwegian Royal Court has an entry on the official history of the tiara.

As a modern Queen-in-Training she is modeling sustainable fashion by wearing a dress previously worn by her mother during the British visit to Norway in 2001.

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The Royal Guest List

The Orders

Official Gala Photos

Photos are starting to trickle in. First up a new family portrait.

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The photo that has us all losing our minds.

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And a fabulous group photo. We’ll do our tiara IDs here. Princess Ingrid Alexandra wearing the Boucheron Circlet Pearl Tiara, Queen Sonja in the Emerald Tiara, Auntie Astrid in Queen Maud’s Turquoise Tiara, Crown Princess Mary in the Midnight Tiara, Queen Mathilde wore The Wolfers, Crown Princess Mette-Marit in the Diamond Daisy Tiara, Queen Maxima in The Stuart Tiara (small setting), Crown Princess Victoria in Princess Lilian’s Laurel Wreath Tiara, Princess Estelle in a kicky headband, Princess Märtha Louise wearing King Olav’s Gift Tiara, Princess Elisabeth IN A NEW TIARA. (Can’t wait to find out more about this one!), Princess Catharina-Amalia in Max’s Wedding Tiara, Grand Duchess Stephanie in the Luxembourg Sapphire Tiara, Princess Marie Chantal in Queen Sophia’s Diamond Tiara, and Princess Olympia is wearing The Miller Fringe Tiara. If we’re wrong, feel free to correct us!

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Guests and the Birthday Girl.

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More photos are popping up as we speak, so I’ll be back in a few to continue updating!


Chat up a storm in the comments and we’ll circle around with the official photos when they become available.